16 teams competed in the Dutch Oven Cook-Off in Jefferson County Park on Saturday.The 6th annual event kicked off at 9 a.m. where teams began preparing their best dishes for the judges in hopes of wooing their taste buds. The teams were divided into two categories: Seasoned chef and novices. The 12 experienced competitors prepared a dessert, a side dish, a bread and a main course. People who sponsor the event are invited onto the panel of judges who get to sample each dish. Dishes were scored on the appearance and presentation, recipe and taste.
â??For me the best part is to see the repeat people come back and chatting with them, seeing what they have new, the competitors, what they have new, maybe a new table or a new toy that they like to play with, and just seeing people's faces,â?? Cook-off Organizer Therese Cummiskey said.
People in the community who came out could pay $5 for a spoon, and that spoon allowed them to sample over 40 dishes prepared in the cook-off. Funds benefit the Cedar Creek of Ducks Unlimited.